Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen Tower)

The Gate of Heavenly Peace, or Tiananmen Tower, is featured on the officially emblem of the People's Republic of China. Situated on the northern edge of Tiananmen Square, it served as the principal entry to the Imperial Palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

The Gate of Heavenly Peace is also the name of a documentary film about the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989. The protests sparked the largest nonviolent political protest in the country’s history. 

The structure itself is made up of a tower situated on top of a platform. It’s one of the most imposing monumental gates in the world, notable for its sheer size and ornate features, including its columns. Stone lions and white marble bridges guard the entrance to the tower and viewing stands flank both sides, which are opened up for visitors on the first day of each month.

Practical Info

To reach the Gate of Heavenly Peace, alight at Tiananmen East station or Tiananmen West and walk south. Alternatively alight at Qianmen and head north. The tower is open to visitors from 8:30am until 5pm and there is a small entrance fee. Visitors wishing to use the viewing stands need to book via a local travel agent in advance.
Indirizzo: Tiananmen, Dongcheng, Beijing, China, Cina
Orari: Daily 8:30am-5pm
Ingresso: Adult CNY 15, student & seniors 70+ CNY 5
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